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970 now tested as part of the investigation into the infected Bangkok DJ

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3 of the bars where the 37 year old DJ, Thailand’s first locally transmitted Covid-19 case in 101 days, are said not to have observed basic preventions required in a workplace – temperature screening, wearing a face mask and social distancing. It’s also been revealed that the bars offered a “glass sharing” special menu as part of their promotions.

The man had been working as a DJ at 2 pubs called ‘Sam Wan Song Khuen’. 1 was in Bangkok city and the other in Nonthaburi, just over the Chon Phraya River. He also visited a venue in Khao San Road on August 18. The 2 Sam Wan Song Khuen bars were closed down on Thursday until today whilst they received a ‘deep clean’.

The number of people now being tried by health investigators has increased to 970, with 119 of them classified as being at “high risk”. 516 people have already been tested and 513 of those “cleared” of the virus – they tested negative with their first test. The results of the remaining 3 should be available today.

The Criminal Court where the DJ was sentenced, has the highest number of contacts, a total of 492. 14 of those are listed as being at “high-risk” as well. The man was sent to quarantine in a corrections department facility in Chatuchak on August 26 after being sentenced over a drugs offences.

The BMA sent officials to the Ban Suan Thon condo in Bang Mod where the man lived with 5 others, including his wife and mother, to disinfect the premises and provide Covid-19 testing for the condo’s residents. The man’s identity has not been officially revealed at this stage.

Today Thailand today recorded 1 new Covid-19 case, another returnee that tested positive whilst in state quarantine.

He was a 27 year old who arrived in Thailand from India on September 1, on the same flight as another passenger who was earlier found to be infected with the virus. He took the first test on Saturday, which showed a positive result. The man has been asymptomatic.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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    September 7, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    soooo, close to 1000 people tested in a panic and nobody is sick.

    There is a huge void in this reporting. Are tested positive people outwardly showing symptoms or completely asymptomatic? What does ‘high risk’ mean?
    If people are tested positive but asymptomatic, maybe they are not really sick and the tests should be called into question (as they are in other countries). Maybe they have CV germs in their body but they have a healthy immune system and so don’t show symptoms – which begs the question “are they really sick?”

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    Toby Andrews

    September 7, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    The Thai medics do not care if they test positive or not.
    They are only interested in being paid for testing.
    Why stop at at 970?
    Surely these scammers can justify another 500 to test.
    If they try hard!
    And if they find someone effected, great for their pals. They can charge B500 a day – B4000 a day if they are felangs.

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    Edy F.

    September 8, 2020 at 12:06 am

    Asymptomatic means not sick and not contagious !
    We are billions in the world to be asymptomatic !

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    Ray W.

    September 8, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Who cares! Its dumb garbage like this that is causing the disinformation and fear preventing the boarders from opening, keeping the economy suppressed, and creating all the angst, depression, and crime. The whole point of the initial lock down was to prevent an out break from over taxing the medical capacity. Now the whole world is prepared, deaths are down, the models where completely off, but we are still under this insane lockdown. The rest of the world is moving on without us. Open the boarders, manage the risk, stop killing our future. OPEN THE BOARDERS!

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    September 8, 2020 at 3:10 am

    yes, just government trying to scare thai people from night clubs, ahaha they will wake soon and see pandemic is fake

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    September 8, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Given that some tests are false negative and some false positive. Why is Thailand not lengthening the quaranteen time?
    We are awaiting teachers to return, if they leave quaranteen and then prove to be positive. OH DEAR.
    L O C K D O W N

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    September 8, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    And here are the FACTS!

    People who hardly effected by Covid-19, 80% of those have already an existing T-Cell immunity. So what’s the big deal. There isn’t any!

    The survival change regarding Covid-19 is 997/1000 which is 0,003% of being fatal. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any.

    The average age of COVID deaths is above the normal average life expectancy! So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    99% of the deceased have to do with 2 to 3 OTHER FACTORS, which we call ‘underlying suffering’ / comorbidities. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    This wave of corona-flu did not cause significant excess mortality in countries in relation to the normal seasonal flu. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    This corona wave kills fewer children worldwide than lightning strikes do annually. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any!

    Beyond almost all the news, the FINDING THAT COVID shows itself in 60 +% of cases, and there are hardly any symptoms to be traced. So what’s the big deal, there isn’t any.

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    September 8, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that this case of the DJ with Coronavirus, has very quickly slipped away from the headlines. The first case of community transmission in 100 days. How did he get it? Coronavirus needs to be caught from someone else who has it. It doesn’t just parachute into the community from nowhere! I can only hope that media keep this case in the headlines. If it is buried, it will re-emerge as a cluster that will soon come to a point where it can no longer be hidden.

    I am an Australian. Our southern state of Victoria, thought they had the virus under control and it only took one case for the current situation (where that state has over 2900 cases) to happen. I say this, not to panic people. In fact, panic is almost the worst response. The worst response is to try and cover up or diminish the importance of the discovery of a case.

    The best response is to calmly contact trace those who came into contact with the known case and to vigorously try to find the source of the case itself (without any fear of some kind of retribution). The DJ has been in contact with someone who had the virus. All this investigation is done, not to blame but to uncover the real enemy here….the virus.

    I hope that this will be the only case of community transmission, for Thailand’s sake. Having handled the first wave, it is noteworthy to remember that the methods used to combat the first wave,won’t necessarily work in a second wave situation. Please take the experience we are having here as an advanced warning of what covering up or dismissing an outbreak (even a single case), can do.

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Mother abandons 3 young children in their locked Bangkok room for 3 days

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3 young Bangkok children were abandoned in a small room for 3 days after the mother allegedly visited her new boyfriend. A neighbour was taking care of the youngest of the 4 children, a 4 month old baby, but the mother never contacted anyone about her other 3 kids. The mother hadn’t returned to pick up her baby from the neighbour, as promised. Police report that the 3 children had no food for the 3 days. Paveena Hongsakul from the Foundation for Children and Women called Police at the Khan Na Yao Police Station, a northeastern suburb of Bangkok.

Police received a report about the 4 children, aged 7, 6, 4 and the baby.

The 25 year old stepsister notified the foundation on Thursday informing police that her 32 year old sister, Gift, is the mother of the children. Gift’s husband is serving a sentence for drug charges and has been incarcerated for 3 years. Since then Gift had the 4th child, although the family is unsure who the father is. The sister claimed that Gift was always asking the family for financial assistance.

Last Monday Gift’s neighbour contacted the sister saying that she had been taking care of the young baby. She went to Gift’s room to see if she was there and the room was locked. She checked through a window and could see the 3 other children and noted that they were stressed and looked hungry.

When she asked the children about their mother the youngsters remained silent. She worked with the other neighbours to rescue the children through the window. Gift’s phone was left in her room. After filing a report with the local police the neighbour took the other 3 children in to care for them but told police that her room was only 33 square metres and there were 11 people living in her tiny room already.

Police and the neighbour tried to call Gift’s new boyfriend. Eventually he answered but told them that he was “far away and didn’t know when Gift could return”.

All 4 children are now safe at the foundation after a visit to the local police station as police wait to interview Gift when she returns.

SOURCE: Thai Residents |

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Charter vote delayed, committee formed and Senators escape Parliament by boat – VIDEO

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PHOTOS: Protesters gather outside the Thai parliament - Tanaporn Choopanya

Thailand’s MPs and Senators have kicked the constitutional can down the road at least a month after the parliament failed to agree on charter amendments. A panel will be sent up to examine 6 motions that were proposed and debated over the past 2 days. Meanwhile, up to 2,000 protesters were gathered outside the unfinished parliamentary buildings as an act of solidarity for the MPs supporting the changes to the current Thai Constitution.

The reality of the vote, and the setting up of an investigative committee, could push any votes on real reform well into 2021.

The 2 Houses of Parliament voted 431-255 to delay the vote. Opposition Pheu Thai and Move Forward MPs stormed out and missed the opportunity of nominating anyone to the new 45 member parliamentary committee to examine the motions, whilst the remaining members chose members for the committee. Move Forward Party’s, Pita Limjaroenrat, described the vote as “a way to stall for time” complaining that the decision “was moving the country towards a dead end”.

It was not known how the NCPO hand-picked Senators would vote on the bills. Many were thought to side with the idea of constitutional reform but the reality was that, in most scenarios, they’d be voting themselves out of a job if any reforms went ahead. Thailand’s entire upper house is a military-appointed rump of conservative former businesspeople and Army officials, mostly men.

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The protesters viewed the afternoon’s proceedings as a blunt stalling tactic to keep the current parliament, and its unelected senators, in power. The session ran until 8.30 last night. Rather than face the angry mob of anti-government protesters at the front of the building, most of the senators escaped on boat at the rear of the building, which backs onto Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

The demonstrators, with a consistent theme of reform over 3 months of rallies, are demanding changes to the current constitution because it was drafted by the NCPO who kicked out the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra in 2014.

The protesters specifically point to the NCPO-appointed senate and the power they wield to elect the country’s prime minister, even though none of them were elected (nor was Prayut Chan-o-cha).

Protesters say they will now organise the next lot of rallies in October. Meanwhile, the Parliament is now is recess.

PROTESTSLive scenes from today’s protest rally to lend their voices, albeit from outside the The Parliament, to the debates inside about amendments to the Thai Constitution. The Thai parliament buildings are unfinished and, so it seems, are the student and anti-government protesters.

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Bangkok DJ dies in high speed crash on notorious ‘death road’

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Bangkok DJ dies in high speed crash on notorious ‘death road’ | The Thaiger

A well known local DJ died early this morning in a high speed car crash on a Bangkok road bend nicknamed “Curve of 100 Deaths.” Police say his car’s speedometer was found stuck at 200 kilometres per hour.

Police suspect 33 year old Annop Poonsripattana was going around a curve when he lost control of the car due to the slippery road conditions from the rain. His black Toyato Altis was found smashed into an electricity pole around 2:30am today. The impact caused Annop to be flung to the back seat. Police say his skull was shattered and his neck broken.

A security guard at a nearby building says heard an explosion and the electricity cut out. The entire area went black, he says. The so called “Curve of 100 Deaths” is near Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. The guard says many fatal crashes happen on the road.

“This area is highly prone to road accidents. Just last week a mother and her small child were killed here.”

The Ratchada Road curve so dangerous that locals honk when driving through the curve to show respect and to ask for permission from the spirits of those who have died there for safe passage, according to Coconuts Bangkok. In the past, many people have left offerings like zebra statues in honour of those who died in car incidents while driving on the road.

Annop played music at many entertainment venues in Bangkok. He was also a contestant in the Take Me Out Thailand TV show in 2015. An autopsy is being done at the Police General Hospital. Electricians are working to fix the electricity pole and restore power.

Bangkok DJ dies in high speed crash on notorious ‘death road’ | News by The Thaiger

An event with Annop Poonsripattana.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Coconuts Bangkok

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